Ambagahapitiya Mula Maha Viharaya

Ambagahapitiya Mula Maha Viharaya or Welithota Mula Maha Viharaya (Sinhala: අඹගහපිටිය මූල මහා විහාරය, වැලිතොට මූල මහා විහාරය) is a Buddhist temple situated in Welithota village in Galle District, Sri Lanka. It is the headquarters of the Amarapura sect of Buddhist monks (Gunawardena, 2005).

This temple was established in an aristocratic house called Ambagahapitiya Walawwa in around 1750 (Ranchagoda, 2015). It is considered the first such kind of house in southern Sri Lanka that was later converted into a Buddhist temple (Ranchagoda, 2015). The Amarapura sect of Buddhist monks was established at this temple in 1803.

1) Gunawardena, C.A., 2005. Encyclopedia of Sri Lanka. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p.36.
2) Ranchagoda, T. O., 2015. Pauranika Sthana Ha Smaraka: Galla Distrikkaya (In Sinhala). Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. ISBN:955-9159-53-4. pp.19-20.

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